Now we begin our journey through Holy Week. How I would long to bask in the joy and praise of today’s Hosannas and avoid the loneliness of Gethsemane and the horror of the Friday we call Good.
Jesus, today you invite me to greet you with songs of praise then walk with you to Calvary, feeling your pain and abandonment. Our lives mirror this day – filled with both happiness and sorrow, acceptance and rejection. With the psalmist, we want to cry: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
You beckon me to follow you into the streets to seek the poor, those who hunger and thirst for justice, those betrayed, wounded by life, inflicted with pain and disease, those trapped in despair and depression or imprisoned by fear. You want me to bring your compassion and healing to a broken world, to be your law of love.
“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another” (1 John 3:11).
Saint Paul of the Cross called the Passion of Jesus the greatest act of God’s love for all of us!
May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts.